Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Finds

We spent the first two weekends of October camping with HaRVey the RV at Perrot State Park. The beautiful fall colors and warm sunny days made it a delight to walk the trails. No more bugs and all you needed was a light jacket.

Along Perrot Ridge trail I found the American Chestnut. Trying to gather them up was a bit of a challenge since the outer husk is so spiny.

This fairly rare find is a good sign that they may be coming back. This tree was once more prevalent than the oak tree. Due to a blight in the early 20th century they were nearly wiped out. All it took was the introduction of an exotic variety of Chestnut tree that was shipped to the US for a landscaping option.

The American Chestnut nourished not only the woodland creatures but was a source of food for people too.

My other great moments in the woods was capturing with my camera a Red Tailed Hawk and the Great Blue Heron.

You never know when you are going to be in the right place at the right time. It's always good to have that camera ready.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to hear they may be making a rebound - fabulous trees.